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Poster: mzlizizaninja Date: Mar 27, 2014 2:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hacky sack sale...and the branding never stopped


This one show at Alpine Valley had more than your average quotient of self-styled entrepreneurs, dudes selling officially licensed spaghetti-ohs , the people in the winnebago christened "the party barge" selling dead-endorsed popsicles (remember them? always claiming their shower and toilet were broken),this must have been when the radio stations were all playing Touch of Gray after years of telling request line callers they never heard of the Grateful Dead or didn't have any.

About 8 years ago or so, our local public radio shocked the philanthropic community and local radio listeners by transforming into a "progressive, no bars hold" music station a failing college-based classic station that couldn't compete with the mainline public radio classics station. 89.3 the current. Lotsa hype about how the deejays started the station with their own personal music collections (apparently the back of the house were people who didn't own music.

So they never played any Dead. Even when it was e-mailed or postal mailed or hand-delivered. Always on the ready, this one time I ran into one of these superstar public radio deejays, who by the way pull down over 100k in this town, I saw her in the sauna at the YWCA, and just kinda brought up that I'd heard about these deadheads who were reducing their donations and even quitting their public radio memberships over this issue. She looked me dead in the eye and said their board won't let them play "cult music" I was all tired and sweaty and and couldn't think of a thing to say in reply. I mean, too bad for public radio, right?



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